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Timber can be highly sustainable simply because it is a renewable product. However there are a number of issues in the selection of timber. Friends of the Earth do a useful guide on selection and usew of timber products. Another good site is Forests Forever from the Timber Trade Federation.

Sustainable timber is sometimes defined as a tree that is replaced upon felling -in other words from managed forests -this is only part of the issue. In a world facing the impact of global warming the rate of replacement of these forests is an issue, as is the amount of miles the product travels before reaching its destination. It is also important to have effective systems to audit the source of timber -the Forestry Stewardship Council provides such a service with FSC Certified forests.

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Featured Supplier:

Timber Merchants -for timber, joinery and sheet materials Travis Perkins know that timber is an important natural resource, and have an established timber purchasing policy which bases their commercial activities on responsibly managed forests.

Timber directory:

  • Ben Law Woodsman -as well as building the beautiful chestnut and oak house featured on Grand Designs, Ben offers a variety of timber products from his coppiced woods in West Sussex.
  • BSW Timber -describe themselves as the largest sawmilling business in the country, with six sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia. They supply sawn timber products for construction, fencing, decking, joinery and cladding products.
  • Good wood guide -Friends of the Earth guide to choosing renewable timber for DIY, home improvement, self build or construction projects.
  • Green Woodworker -volunteers centre offering demonstrations at the Amberley Working Museum in pole-lathe and other green wood working crafts.
  • Ecotimber -independent company with more than 15 years' experience in sourcing and marketing FSC certified timber from managed forests.
  • Forestry Stewardship Council -FSC Certification enables you to be sure of the origin of your timber.
  • Forests Forever -the environmental voice of the timber industry -aims to promote the environmental benefits of timber and encourage environmentally responsible trading practices. It offers advice and information to the Government, other organisations on how to source timber products responsibly.
  • ForestWorld -dedicated to all things related to forestry, includes a database of 6000 forestry links, and Woods of the World online.
  • Heartwoods -aim is to promote the sustainable management and production of West Midlands woodland resources and to develop their use in manufacturing and other industries in the region.
  • Henry Venables -Stafford based timber merchant specialising in selection and supply of British and European hardwood. Online sample ordering is available too.
  • Lukaslang -timber system Architecture of single components which can be joined and separated. Screw and pin connections ensure the greatest possible flexibility.
  • Mylands -John Myland Limited have specialised in the manufacture of high quality wax polishes, paints, lacquers, stains and shellac polishes since 1884.
  • OFD -design, manufacture and erect traditional oak frame structures. Anything from a simple traditional timber Pergola to complete project management of housing projects.
  • Panel Agency -family owned Company, based in Kent, specialising in the development, marketing and distribution of wood based products worldwide with an emphasis on environmental sourcing and product development.
  • RBS Oak -reclaimed oak and other architectural salvage.
  • Richard Burbidge -specialist suppliers of timber stairs, balustrades, mouldings, decking and shelving.
  • Steve Shook's Directory of Forest Products -a resource for Internet information on the forest products industry, wood science and engineering, wood industry data sources, and wood products-based research institutions.
  • Stuart Interiors -period interiors -panelled rooms, mantels, doors, staircases and furniture, created in their Somerset workshops.
  • Talisman Manufacturing -a bespoke joinery business based in Kent that was featured on Grand Designs for two timber Eco Houses in South Dulwich for owner Bill Bradley.
  • Ternex -established to make wooden furniture and crafts in the 1950's by Francis Nevel, they are located on on four acres of land on the edge of the Brocket Estate in Hertfordshire, where they cut logs into beams, planks, and construction grade timbers, as well as manufacture a wide range of high quality, bespoke joinery -staircases, doors, windows, furniture and shop fittings.
  • Timber Research and Development Association -(TRADA) - an internationally recognised centre of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood products. Online bookshop and an extensive range of information.
  • Victoria Woodturning - hand and copy lathe turning -staircase spindles, newel posts, canopy support posts, bar & shopfitting components, bed posts (Including four posters), table & stool Legs, table lamps, candlesticks, plant stands, bowls, barley twist, reeded & fluted items.
  • W. L. West -specialists in the production of sawn stocks of air or kiln-dried English and European Oak. Also hold stocks of Ash, Beech, Lime, Yew, Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore and Elm.
  • Wood for Good -trade organisation that promotes the sustainable use of timber -some interesting articles and information on timber.
  • Woodnet directory of homegrown, standing, felled and sawn timbers (UK).
See also our pages on timber framed construction and also decorative finishes for details of stains, oils and preservative finishes.

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